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Rites of Frankenstein, The: Comparison (X Rated Kult vs. Image Entertainment) 
Written by: on January 7th, 2006

Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1972
Director: Jess Franco
Writers: Jess Franco
Cast: Howard Vernon, Dennis Price, Anne Libert, Britt Nichols, Alberto Dalbes, Doris Thomas

DVD released: 2004 2005
Approximate running time: 81m48s 85m20s
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR NR
Sound: German, Spanish and English Dolby Digital Mono with English subtitles Dolby Digital Mono Spanish with English subtitles
DVD Release: X Rated Kult DVD Image Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Germany) Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $28.95 $14.95

X Rated Kult’s Region 2 DVD

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Image Entertainment’s Region 1 DVD

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X Rated Kult’s Region 2 DVD

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Image Entertainment’s Region 1 DVD

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X Rated Kult’s Region 2 DVD

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Image Entertainment’s Region 1 DVD

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The Film :

Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Morpho are murdered by Melissa the bird woman and Caronte one evening while working in the laboratory on the Dr. Frankenstein’s greatest achievement The Monster. After the murders Melissa the bird woman and Caronte take The Monster back with them to their master Cagliostro and his castle. Cagliostro plans of using The Monster to create a super race with the beautiful woman who have been kidnapped as The Monsters mate.

Video:

Both releases present this film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. They are both anamorphic and interlaced. There really isn’t too much difference between the two to the naked eye. The Image release does boast slighter stronger colors and the flesh tones for this release look more accurate. Both most likely come from the same source as they are virtually free of any print damage and image quality wise you can’t go wrong with either one as they are both solid transfers.

Audio:

The X Rated Kult release comes with three audio options German, Spanish and English in Dolby Digital Mono. The Image Entertainment release comes with one audio option Spanish in Dolby Digital Mono. On both releases the dialog is clean and the music and effects sounds evenly balanced. There are no problems with nay hiss, distortion or any other sound defects. Both releases also come with English subtitles that are easy to read and follow. Overall you can’t go wrong with either release as they both have clean audio sources with the slight edge going to X Rated Kult for including more audio options.

Extras:

Extras for the X Rated Kult release include the films original German language trailer (No subtitles), a brief clip of the U.S alternate opening credits, alternate European English opening credits, approximately 12 minutes of alternate scenes from the unclothed version and a fifteen minutes interview with Jess Franco in English. Six trailers for other titles available from X Rated Kult. The Image Entertainment release only comes with one extra approximately 12 minutes of alternate scenes from the unclothed version.

Overall:

This is one of the closest comparisons that I have ever come across audio/video wise and even though the X Rated Kult release comes with more audio options and a few more extras. I would have to say that the better of the two releases would have to be Image Entertainment release which sports a more eye pleasing transfer and it costs about half the price of the X Rated Kult release does.

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